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Brilliant Author — Morally We Roll Along Outstanding Dramatic Star and Speaker Figure GAY MACLAREN Morally We Roll Along Published by Little, Brown & Co., Boston, for The Atlantic Monthly Press. NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE May 15, 1938, Rose C. Feld (Excerpt from 3 column review.) Gay MacLaren, who was a one person interpreter of full length plays on the Chautauqua Circuits does an admirable job of recalling the exciting days of this epoch of the country's history. In her pages the rich ferment of small towns and rural existence … come colorfully to life. Chicago Daily News, May 11, 1938, Sterling North. You will laugh 'till the tears roll from your eyes. New York Times, May 9, 1938, Ralph Thompson. A good book … light and entertaining … A welcome addition to American social history. San Diego Union, May 8, 1938, Max Miller, Author, I Cover the Waterfront. You'll laugh … you'll learn … a fast moving book. THE MONTREAL GAZETTE John R. Sturdy. It is the story of a girl who spent her days in dirty trains and her nights in smelly hotels, who jumped all over the U. S. keeping her engagements. She was a trouper if we know the meaning of one. And she has written a fascinating history filled with the drama and humor that went to make up the lives of the folk who played on Chautauqua. New York Sun, May 7, 1938, Arthur Maurice. A rollicking narrative. Gay MacLaren has a story to tell. Voice of Experience, June 1, 1938, Broadcast. It is not very often that I recommend books to my listening audience … I am glad to be able to tell you of a book recently written by a former Chautauqua entertainer, who was one of my fellow workers … chatty … humorous style … I am sure you will find it warmly amusing. ST. PAUL DISPATCH May 10, 1938, John Grey. Gay MacLaren was one of the gypsies who wandered year after year from one Chautauqua to another. She gave honest entertainment and carried something of the great world into the provinces. Because she is a woman of insight, vitality and humor; because she possesses the gift of gusto, her account of the life in the tents of culture is enormously interesting, full of amusing anecdote. Day by Day, May 22, 1938, Louis Sobol. Books which kept me interested this past week: Gay MacLaren's Morally We Roll Along. The Human Side of the News, May 24, 1938, Edwin C. Hill. Gay MacLaren tells the story of the Chautauqua which this reader found an extremely interesting and accurately observed chapter of social history. PRINTED IN U.S.A. REDPATH BUREAU GAY MACLAREN America's Great Impersonator Wins Recognition as a Brilliant Author and as One of the Platform's Wittiest Speakers THE REDPATH BUREAU first presented GAY MacLAREN as a young girl in imitative recitals of famous plays back in 1912. Her rise was meteoric and she was acclaimed by critics on two continents as America's greatest impersonator, The only artist of her kind in the world, A genius, The girl with the camera mind. An editorial in the Columbus, O., State Journal described her as, A charming personality and a great artist. She has appeared in Columbus several times. Whenever she comes we will be there. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle praised her as follows, She acts with authority and conviction, and a fire and intensity that are startling. The Washington, D. C., Herald said, For an hour and a half Miss MacLaren held the big audience fascinated with her brilliant presentation. Following her appearances at the Belmont Theater in New York City, Director R. G. Herndon wrote, Her performances of the characters in the play, 'Bought and Paid For' as well as 'Friendly Enemies' at the Belmont Theater will linger in my memory as the greatest achievement in its line it has ever been my pleasure to witness. Thus she was hailed everywhere. Talks, Sparkling and Witty And now The Redpath Bureau again takes pleasure in presenting Gay MacLaren, the brilliant author, as an outstanding speaker. As such she is gaining a new fame in her sparkling and witty lecture-entertainments, Speakin' Pieces and Trouping in Tents. Morally We Roll Along Praised As column after column of praise for Gay MacLaren's book, Morally We Roll Along, swept across the pages of leading newspapers and magazines, requests flooded the mails for personal appearances of the author. So absorbingly has she written about herself—the days when she trouped all over the country, giving her incredible one girl shows that readers from coast-to-coast have expressed an overwhelming desire to meet this gay little trouper, who as the Detroit Free Press (May 8, 1938) says, Has been as courageous in her book as in her life. New Programs a Hit at Chautauqua Lake, N. Y. One of her many invitations to speak came from Chautauqua Lake, N. Y., where as a girl of 15 she gave the Sign of the Cross in the big amphitheatre upon the recommendation of Mark Twain. She returned to Chautauqua Lake, N. Y., in late August, 1938, where she addressed two large and enthusiastic audiences. Her lecture-entertainments, Trouping in Tents and Speakin' Pieces were praised in glowing terms. In fact, so popular were her talks, that more than 125 went to the book shop and bought Morally We Roll Along, which she had to autograph before she left Chautauqua Lake. Receives Ovation After Ovation Recently, she made her 5th appearance before the famed Mary Craig Class at Dallas, Texas. Her new lecture-entertainment was acclaimed as an outstanding success. They say she is generally considered the most popular attraction ever to appear on their club program. At the Collegiate Club of Chicago Popular Forum for Men and Women she was given ovation after ovation at the close of her lecture-entertainment, Speakin' Pieces. The Atlantic Monthly and The Readers Digest Publish Parts of Book Her book, Morally We Roll Along, has had a large sale. No book in recent years has been given so much space and such enthusiastic praise by critics from coast-to-coast. Many reviews were two and three columns. Two installments of the book were published in The Atlantic Monthly, April and May, 1938. The Readers Digest for August, 1938, carried a synopsis of the book. Gay MacLaren Lecture-Entertainments Speakin' Pieces (Elocution-Americana) Nothing so exemplifies the manners, morals, customs and thoughts of a people as does their entertainment. Entertainment and the growth of America from speakin' pieces to modern swing will be delightfully presented. The importance of the Delsarte. Miss MacLaren will recite from her rare collection of Elocution-Americana and will also do some dramatic impersonations that made her famous as a dramatic star. Trouping in Tents A discussion of the rise and fall of America's most unique institution, the Chautauqua, which Theodore Roosevelt called the most American thing in America. The part it played in the development of our country as a civilizer of the countryside and as the greatest adult education movement of our time. Witty stories of the great and near great, who trouped in tents of culture with Miss MacLaren.
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|Personal Name Subject||MacLaren, Gay Zenola|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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